Type of plant
Daisies & Thistles (Family Asteraceae)
About this weed
Purple Pincushions are fragrant annual or perennial weeds to about 1 metre. It was originally native to the Mediterranean Region and introduced as a garden plant.
They are easily identified by their unusual round pincushions flower heads. Their leaves are in opposite pairs, the basal leaves are lobed, and the upper leaves much dissected. In spring and summer white to pink to red-purple florets are produced. After flowering it has a bristly, fruiting head.
Impact on Bushland
It has become a particular problem in lime rich coastal soils.
Usually found on sandy, disturbed soils, often over limestone around the Perth region.
Priority for removal
January, February, March, April, August, September, October, November, December
Red, Pink, Purple, White
Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.